Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Clean Eating Recipe of the Week: Ultimate Energy Bars

The kids love these! There is lots of hidden goodness in these yummy treats:)

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS:

• 2 cups oats (not instant)
• 1 cup flour (I use gluten-free or KA white whole wheat)
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp baking soda
• ¼ tsp cinnamon
• ¼ tsp salt
• 19-oz can organic white kidney or navy beans, rinsed and drained
• ¼ cup non-hydrogenated margarine (Earth Balance)
• 1 cup packed brown sugar or Sucanat
• 1 large egg
• 1 tsp vanilla
• ½ cup chocolate chips (I use Sunspire)
• ½ cup raisins or dried cranberries (no sugar added)
• ¼ - ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
• 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
• Cooking spray

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Place oats in a food processor and pulse until it resembles coarse flour. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and process until combined. Transfer to a large bowl.

3. Put beans into the food processor and pulse until puréed. Add margarine, brown sugar, egg and vanilla and pulse until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl.

4. Pour bean mixture into oat mixture and stir by hand until almost combined; add chocolate chips, raisins/cranberries, nuts and flaxseed and stir just until blended.

5. Spread the batter into a 9- by 13-inch pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden around the edges. Cool in the pan before cutting into bars. Yum!

Nutrients per serving:

Calories: 285
Total Fat: 7.1 g
Carbohydrates: 50 g
Fiber: 5 g
Protein: 7 g

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Nicole

6 comments:

Piper said...

That looks good. Sadly, I am both hungry and lazy right now. Poof me up one.

Lizzie M. said...

The beans intrigue me, will have to try this one!!

TheFitnessFreak said...

Will do Piper:)

Jennifer said...

A recipe for a granola bar is just what I needed. I just saw you left a comment about my parfait: 'I cam make this raw'...I guess I do not know enough so what makes it not raw? the granola cereal? I need he 'raw' education

TheFitnessFreak said...

I have a couple of yummy raw granola recipes but the problem is the yogurt. There are a few Raw foodies who will eat raw dairy but I am not one of those. My boys eat fruit and yogurt parfaits all the time and love them:) I have such a hard time digesting dairy and meat that I avoid them:( These bars are yummy! I hope you and your wee ones enjoy them!

Living the fit life. said...

These look deliciously clean, I can't wait to try them! Thanks for the recipe!!

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